The new Peugeot 308 is one of the best looking C-segment models in Europe. It will go on sale soon in an attempt to steal the crown of sales, just as the Peugeot 208 and 2008 did in their segments in January and February.
Peugeot may have something to think about in the field of electric vehicles. The all-electric version of the 308 will arrive in 2023 as a direct competitor to the Volkswagen ID.3, according to a new report from Automotive News. But there are no details yet.
There are two main platform options for this novelty: the first is the CMP subcompact architecture used in the new Citroen C4. It allows the use of fully electric powertrains. However, this seems unlikely given Peugeot’s desire for a more prestigious product than the C4.
The upcoming Peugeot e-VMP architecture will be an electric adaptation of the EMP2 at the heart of the new 308 seems like a more likely solution. The new platform will debut with the next-generation 3008 slated for 2023. It could also be used for an all-electric 308. Nothing has been confirmed at this early stage.
One of the niche classes in which Volkswagen is immune to Peugeot attack is the compact hot hatchback segment. Unfortunately, the French brand has made it clear that it has no intention of launching the 308 GTI or 308 Peugeot Sport Engineered because the demand for such models has collapsed.
Read also about the premiere of the Peugeot 308 2021 plug-in hybrid.